Introducing our new Trustees

Introducing our new Trustees

The Cellar Trust is delighted to be welcoming 6 new trustees to the Board this July. They join at an exciting time for the organisation as we continue to deliver on our strategy and mission, and with lots of new developments underway. Of course, this is also a challenging time following on from the pandemic and as we experience increased demand for services.

A key focus of our recruitment of Trustees has been on ensuring the diversity of our Board. Equality, diversity and inclusion is central to everything we deliver, and ensuring that this is led from the Board has been an important area for development.

Kim Shutler, CEO at The Cellar Trust, said, ‘We are thrilled to be able to welcome some brilliant new Trustees to join our Board. We have been purposeful in recruiting for diversity to ensure that our Board is more reflective of our diverse communities, which has included recruiting both experienced Board members as well as those who are keen to develop their leadership and governance skills. As with the majority of our colleagues at The Cellar Trust, many of our Board have their own personal lived experience, which we believe passionately is essential to the success and impact of the work we do.’ 

Introducing and welcome to:

Professor Uduak Archibong PhD MBE
Uduak Archibong PhD MBE is the Pro Vice-Chancellor [Equality, Diversity and Inclusion], directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and provides strategic oversight for equality, diversity and inclusion [EDI] across the institution. She is a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. She was listed in the New Year Honours list 2015 and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to higher education and equality. Recognised as a foremost authority with a sustained, distinguished presence in the field of diversity management, she is currently leading in setting agenda to drive research, learning and knowledge exchange activities internationally and has published extensively on inclusion and diversity.  She is at the forefront of transforming organisational culture for sustainable diversity and inclusion approaches. Her research has provided a unique international definition of positive action and application for representational and participative diversity.. She is currently leading a portfolio of research on residential segregation, school segregation and factors in hate crime reporting in the city of Bradford as part of the Bradford for Everyone Programme.

Jamie Chiekh
Quote from our trusteeJamie has lived in Yorkshire all his life and has been active in a variety of voluntary roles locally. He joins the board after graduating with a Masters in Sport, Business Management and Policy. As an experienced manager, he aims to gain experience in third sector management, strategy and healthcare. Jamie is passionate about giving back to others in the community, ensuring support is available to everyone, and everyone has the opportunities to be their best self. Jamie says: “ I am fortunate to have had support from within the community at several important points in my life. I believe very strongly that it is important for me to provide similar help to others, especially in my local area, and I am excited to give my time and energy towards achieving this as part of The Cellar Trust. I am very interested in how mental health affect individuals but also different communities, and am looking forward to increasing my own learning and knowledge, and making a lasting contribution locally.”

Melvyn Ingleson
Melvyn is joining the Board having been a member of the Board of Bradford Counselling Services since 2020. He recently returned to Yorkshire after  thirty years In Scotland. Melvyn has enjoyed as many years running his own advisory firm, serving as an interface between private companies in many sectors who need to build relationships or sell services to the Government or wider public sector. He has a strong professional interest in organisational transformation enabled by digital technologies having supported Microsoft’s public sector business growth in recent years.  He is passionate about all sectors serving the needs of the most vulnerable in society. He was educated in Bradford and committed to giving back to the city on his return. He is also a non-executive director for Spectrum Community Health CIC. Spectrum is a Wakefield based CIC that plays a leading role in the North of England, providing health care inside prisons, also supporting drug and alcohol rehabilitation and sexual health services in the community. He is a governor of the Heights Federation, three rural Junior & Infant schools in Kirklees and a long time non-executive director of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy in Edinburgh. Newly resident in Brighouse, he is very active in Brighouse Central Methodist Church and serves on an informal advisory group for the Digital Economy in the region.

Dr Shehla Khalid

Quote from our new board memberAs Senior Evaluation and Insights Manager at NHS England, Shehla is currently leading evaluations and insights gathering of a large national programme to improve health and wellbeing of 1.3 million NHS workforce. After completing two Masters degrees (computing and data governance) and a doctorate from the University of Bradford for work exploring user requirements for secondary uses of data for improving the quality of dementia care, Shehla has previously successfully led a number of analytical and impact programmes in academia, private sector, voluntary sector and in the local government. Shehla is a highly experienced researcher with expertise in data analytics, data management and evaluation solutions. Shehla is a published author with a number of papers published in high-quality national and International Healthcare and informatics journals. Shehla is always keen to explore innovative and pragmatic approaches to measuring impact of health and social interventions and policies.  She says “I am personally committed to values of social justice, equality and inclusion, with a strong passion to promoting mental health and reducing health inequalities. I am honoured to volunteer my time to help The Cellar Trust measure and showcase the value of their work, and personally achieve happiness and contentment in making a real difference to people’s lives.”

Samantha McLean 

Sam joined the board in 2022, and this is her first formal role in the voluntary sector. She is currently an Associate Professor in Pharmacology at the University of Bradford and is a Research Fellow of the Wolfson Centre of Applied Health Research. Her research is centred around understanding changes in the brain in psychiatric disorders in an attempt to develop new drugs for the benefit of patients.

Sam is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches the science of mental health and the medicines used to treat the symptoms to students in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences.

She says “Having worked in academia for many years I’m looking forward to the opportunity to influence and be part of change and growth at a very exciting time for the Cellar Trust. As a scientist, I’m hoping to gain a more holistic view of the experiences and challenges faced by people living locally and was delighted to be appointed to the board to give something back to the community.

Gabby Voinea

Gabby has, for the past 7 years, worked in the health and care sector (both frontline and at strategic level) whilst studying for 2 part-time postgraduate degrees. She has trained and worked as an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate, Independent Mental Health Advocate and as a health complaints advocate, worked in the public legal sector, dealing with Court of Protection matters and in the third sector developing Representatives to be involved in a range of strategic roles. This has included working closely with CCG colleagues to ensure the third sector has an equal voice within the Population and Care Delivery Boards in the local Health and Care Partnership. She is currently working as  Paralegal in Clinical Law.

She says: ‘My ethnic background and experiences have provided me with the insight to recognize (and empathise with) some of the struggles faced by ethnic minority individuals. Add to those extra layers of complexity, such as language barriers and the results can indeed be devastating. I believe in what The Cellar Trust is working to achieve, and I am excited about the opportunity to contribute towards the strategic direction of the organisation, to give back to the community and I feel privileged to volunteer for an organisation in which I believe.’


NHS Parliamentary Awards – MAST are shortlisted

We are pleased to announce that the Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST) has been shortlisted for this year’s NHS Parliamentary Award in the category for Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care. The nomination recognises the team’s work at Airedale General Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary. 

MAST is a partnership of five VCS organisations and works with individuals who frequently present at Emergency Departments with similar issues. Each partner organisation focuses on a different specialist area, providing support around three key pressure points; mental health, alcohol use and frailty.  

By working with frequent attenders both in hospital then after discharge in the community, MAST helps enable timely discharge and lowers the risk of readmission, with the aim of reducing the pressures on Emergency Departments. 

Read MAST’s latest impact report 





MAST began delivery in 2020 and now comprises workers from Carers’ Resource, The Cellar Trust, HALE, Keighley Healthy Living and Project 6.  

As one of the MAST partners we want to acknowledge the impressive impact the team has achieved in the last 12 months and express our pride at receiving recognition from the wider sector. This nomination will help us continue to make the case for authentic partnership working and demonstrate the vital role local VCS organisations can play in providing meaningful and effective change to our communities.    

John Harrison, MAST Operational Lead said: 

“The team has been doing remarkable work during exceptional circumstances. They leave no stone unturned in ensuring that people get the support they need. Everyday I am inspired by their resilience and tenacity, this nomination is testament to their efforts” 

By working with frequent attenders, both in hospital and the community after discharge, MAST help remove barriers patients face to ongoing treatment ensure they are able to access the right support,   lowering the risk of readmission.  

Vicki Beere, CEO Project 6 said: 

“I want to acknowledge the impressive impact the team has achieved in the last 12 months and express our pride at receiving recognition from the wider sector. This nomination will help us continue to make the case for authentic partnership working and demonstrate the vital role local voluntary sector organisations can play in providing meaningful and effective change to our communities.”   

MAST were nominated by MP’s for Bradford West and Keighley Naz Shah and Robbie Moore. The winners of the NHS Parliamentary Awards will be announced at a ceremony on the 6th July 2022. 

Haven – the end of an era

Haven – the end of an era

Written by Kim Shutler, CEO, The Cellar Trust

Today marks the end of an era for The Cellar Trust as we draw our Haven crisis service to a close. It feels momentous for us because Haven was the real game changing service for us when it opened in August 2016. Lots will remember, but many will not, that before that date The Cellar Trust looked very, very different. We had one single service (Pathways to Employment), no peer support staff and the upstairs of our building was rented out for events and groups. The opportunity for transformation came along in the form of some one-off transformation funding (NHS Vanguard for those who remember it), and a tiny window of opportunity to try something new. I still remember the conversations with colleagues in BDCFT and BMDC about whether it was possible. Some of these colleagues have moved on now but it was those people who decided to take a chance on a new innovative approach and paved the way for the future.




The money was tight and the turn-around for launching was tighter… but we had the community building (ideally situated half-way between Bradford and Keighley), the volunteers and the support from local businesses. The NHS had some funding, the local authority had some staff they could realign. A mark in the sand was a shift in conversation from the traditional ‘commissioner-provider’ discussion… traditionally commissioners tell us what to do and how much money there is, we do it and then we report back every quarter. No they said… we will design this together… and we will lead it together. And that is exactly what happened.



It was our first venture into Peer Support (3 Peer Support Workers) and we created a co-located team including the BDCFT Intensive Home Treatment Team and BMDC social workers. We had to transform our building… NHS Estates telling us that there was NO WAY we could deliver what we needed to on time and on budget. Of course. we did both, and the space was beautifully kitted out with thanks to a local furniture company, with the support of Nick Smith (Missing Peace) who used his lived experience to help ensure we had the right environment for people.


We had been to see other services around the country but none were what we really needed in Bradford. We took lots of learning from others, of course, but then we made it our own. This is what we now know as ‘Act as One’ in real action… we pulled out all the stops working across services, meeting every week, looking at the data and the feedback, making constant tweaks and changes to make things work. I remember in the beginning being really worried as numbers were so low. Oh how we laugh now looking back as so quickly people got to know about our new service and the challenge became one of capacity. The service today looks so different to the service we started in 2016 but that is a credit to how the team have stayed true to our value of continuous improvement – always looking for ways to be better.

Our approach to integration – working as one team – was the thing that lead to further big changes for us as an organisation. We learnt more about the way that mental health clinical services and social care worked, we developed our governance, we trained up our team… The co-location was incredibly powerful. Cross-organisational teams lead to much learning which I believe has helped to shift the culture. Other areas of the NHS saw the power of the integration with the VCS… they also saw the immense skill of our team to manage complexity and risk, and that that could complement statutory work.

Conversations between statutory staff and peer support workers… difficult conversations to break down the stigma, to challenge terminology which has become engrained around things like personality disorder… these are the things that change cultures. We learnt the hard way too. I look back and think how little we knew then about how to do peer support well. But as we always do, we learn and we improve. We saw the power of peer support and we eventually not only moved to a whole Haven peer support team but we extended this approach to where we are 6 years later with all our Cellar front line staff recruited as peers, our own accredited peer support training, and a national reputation for our expertise in this area.

Of course, the most important thing is the difference we have been able to make through the delivery of this service which is very humbling. Consistently over the years people have told us that we provide a safe space where they feel listened to and understood. It has been the most basic of human things that we would all want for ourselves and those we love. In a short time people move from feeling that there is no hope at all; experiencing their very darkest moments to feeling like there is a possibility of something different… a brighter future. Peer support has consistently played an incredible role in this and, in fact, in our most recently client survey 96% of our clients said this was important.

There really aren’t enough words to say how proud I am of the team we have now and the teams we have had in the past. When you do jobs like this, you give your all and that can be very tough. But whatever has been going on (and we have faced a major fire and Covid), our team have pulled it out of the bag. They have left their families at weekends and over bank holidays to work every day of the year. They have done everything they could to be there for those who need us the most. I don’t feel like it is an exaggeration to say that they have changed and saved hundreds, even thousands of lives in the past 6 years. Not many people can say that and it is a very privileged position. I cannot thank them all enough.

I would also like to thank our partners and funders. It has been their support which has made all the difference. When you run services which are new, innovative and different… services which challenge the norm, it requires bravery and tenacity.

There are colleagues in the NHS and local authority who have stood by our sides all along and for that we are very grateful. These things have changed the way we do things in mental health services forever. These people are part of our team in the same way as our Cellar employees and they have laid the path for other services we now deliver such as MAST. It is easy to forget how things used to be so I am partly writing this now so that people do not forget.






We have been incredibly passionate about sharing our learning far and wide and have welcomed organisations (providers and funders) from all over the country and even from as far as Japan. We have spoken nationally alongside our BDCFT and BMDC colleagues about the power of our integrated approach and we have been recognised with awards such as the Positive Practice in Mental Health Award for Crisis and Acute Care (2018), Charity Times Cross Sector Collaboration (2019) and Locality Transforming Lives (2021.) We have also spread the ‘Haven love’ and influenced national policy through our work with the NHSE Adult Mental Health team who credited us in influencing the roll out of the most recent Crisis Alternatives funding.





And now we move into a new and exciting chapter. It is an opportunity to work with even more amazing partners (11 other charities) as we deliver the new Safe Spaces provision in the District. This will allow us to build on the wonderful work in Haven, and in the other local safe spaces (Sanctuary at Mind in Bradford and Towerhurst), extend our reach and support even more people. These services are needed more than ever so we look ahead with excitement about what is next.